Thursday, September 20, 2012

DIY Design

Trade in Your Family Room for a New Look

By Shandra Hill Smith
Photography: Doug Smith Photography

Got a taste of the five-year itch?

That’s about how long it may take your family room — or the living area you treat as a family room — to grow on you, leaving you ready to trade in the space for something new.

“Family rooms normally take a lot more wear and tear — particularly if there are kids and pets, or if it is the only community space in the home,” says Angie Thompson, principal interior designer of ATLdesigns in Roswell. “In these cases, furniture, pillows and carpeting will start showing need of repair or replacement within five years.” By refreshing the area with new touches such as from paint, decorative pillows and lamps, you may stretch it to seven years, Thompson adds. This is true, too, for the less-formal living room that serves as a family room in homes that don’t include both.

If you forego hiring an interior designer to manage the project completely for you, you’ll still benefit from a bit of design direction. Some professionals like Thompson offer services that help set do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners on the right path.

So how do you know when you’re ready to go it on your own, or you really could stand to leave the work exclusively to a professional? If you’re up on design and have some sense of your personal style plus the patience it takes to pull it all together, you’ll make an ideal DIY candidate, according to Thompson.

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